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  1. Maitreya(noun)

    the Bodhisattva who is to appear as a Buddha 5000 years after the death of Gautama


  1. Maitreya(ProperNoun)

    A bodhisattva who is considered, in Buddhism, to be a future Buddha.


  1. Maitreya

    Maitreya, Metteyya, Maithree, or Jampa, is foretold as a future Buddha of this world in Buddhist eschatology. In some Buddhist literature, such as the Amitabha Sutra and the Lotus Sutra, he is referred to as Ajita Bodhisattva. Maitreya is a bodhisattva who in the Buddhist tradition is to appear on Earth, achieve complete enlightenment, and teach the pure dharma. According to scriptures, Maitreya will be a successor of the historic Śākyamuni Buddha. The prophecy of the arrival of Maitreya references a time when the Dharma will have been forgotten on Jambudvipa. It is found in the canonical literature of all Buddhist sects, and is accepted by most Buddhists as a statement about an event that will take place when the Dharma will have been forgotten on Earth.

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